What I’ve always heard (but never tried, so grain of salt is appropriate) is that you run a short extension cord (think camper power in a state park campground) into an outlet somewhere in or outside the house. In my case, I’ve got an outlet right outside the basement door (my property is on a hill which leaves one end of the basement completely above ground with a nice big walkout door).
So when the power fails, I’d shut off the feed from the utility, plug in the generator next to the door, move gas cans into the basement, and then just walk out the basement door to refill the tank until the disaster has passed. And then reverse the process. Easy peasy.
Growing up in Michigan, I’ve obviously thought about this for a long time.